Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4th, each registered voter in Edmonson County will have an opportunity to let their voice be heard. With many changes in county government coming in 2015, the election has been a hot topic for many months now. This Edmonson County Election will result in a new Judge Executive, Sheriff, County Clerk, County Attorney, and the possibility of new Magistrates. Below is a complete copy of the ballot that will be used at precincts all across the county but here's the rundown on three of the most talked about races.
1. Judge Executive. 1. Republican contender Wil Cannon, who's platform is based on past county service and fiscal court experience. He says the county is in the process of having the most cooperative government in years and wants to take his part in it. 2. Democrat candidate Bobby Thornhill's platform centers around business and marketing experience and says the county lacks vision and cooperation. He says he has new ideas and new energy.
2. Sheriff. 1. Democrat candidate Billy Joe Basham says the sheriff's department needs to be friendlier. He says people are currently scared of the sheriff's department. He says that his department will provide better response time. He also says the department doesn't currently work 24 hours/day, nor on weekends. He says that he would adjust the schedules to ensure 24 hour service. He also feels that he's the most mature candidate. (source: BG Daily News) 2. Republican Shane Doyle's platform is based on 10 years past service as a deputy for the Edmonson County Sheriff. He says that he'll continue the improvements that the department has made over the past several years and that he is most qualified for the job as a trained law enforcement officer. He says during his tenure with the Sheriff's office, it's always been available 24 hours/day and there have always been weekend shifts, which he will continue.
3. State Representative. 1. Republican incumbent Michael Lee Meredith, a Brownsville resident, has many goals for Kentucky and the people of Edmonson and Warren Counties. You can read more on his website here. His challenger, Democrat John Wayne Smith, who stayed in the race amid some controversy, also has goals for moving the 19th District forward. He tells the full details on his website here.
Other races covering all precincts feature unopposed candidates such as County Court Clerk, (Kevin Alexander, R) County Attorney, (J.B. Hines, R) Property Value Administrator (Kyle White, D) and Coroner, (Michael Alexander, R). The Jailer's race features incumbent Hank Vincent (R) and opponent Keith Hogan, who changed his registration to Democrat to run as a write-in candidate.
There are also new Magistrate candidates in several districts as well as various constable and judicial races.
The race for Congress includes incumbent Brett Guthrie (R) and his opponent Ron Leach (D).
Last but not least is the heated Senatorial Race between incumbent Mitch McConnell (R) and Alison Grimes (D).